So the story goes like this... I normally don't hire anybody to do anything but I figured the pool build would be a little over my head. I have a construction background but have no real knowledge of pools parse. Anyway, I hired a guy to build my pool. He says heís starting in a week or so. I'd like to iron out some of my concerns before he starts the pool. The pool is going to be 18' x 36' rectangle. Cantilever concrete coping with about 25 yards of concrete surrounding pool. LED light, heat pump, steel stairs full length of shallow end. My concerns:
1. Ground is shale and clay. Builder says he wants to back fill with the material he pulls out. I told him I want it backfilled with gravel. I'm going to order the gravel this week and have it delivered. I was told by another builder that if it was not possible to daylight a French drain pipe that he would have to backfill with crusher run instead of gravel. He stated that water wouldn't penetrate through the crusher. Not sure if I believe that... What is the proper stone to use for backfill with out a French drain?
2. Weíre going for a crisp sharp look and builder says he can do a 90 degree corner with the vinyl liner. I remember I read somewhere that it was not a good idea. I was under the impression that a 6 in radius was the minimum. Am I wrong here?
3. I never spoke to him about it but I noticed on the contract that it is quoted for 2 in flex pipe. I told him I wanted the increase from 1 1/2 in pipe to 2in. He said it was a waste of money but I told him to do it anyway. I just figured he'd be using pvc schedule 40 pipe. I think itís a better pipe for underground especially with all that gravel on top of it. I was going to ask him to change that as well.
I donít want to be a pain in the *** but I tend to over build things in general. I want this pool built correctly so I plan on just watching over everything. I really would like the help of some people on the forum who take pride in their work and build things correctly the first time. Unfortunately I don't think my pool builder is that guy. Any advice and guidance would be greatly appreciated. Changes builders is not an option at this point.